Cycling from London to Paris is by far one of the best of bike rides in Europe, so why not join us for a truly inspirational experience. This is a fantastic way to raise funds for the Moore Foundation children’s charitable trust who are partnering with local charities Brainwave, Warrington Youth Club, Hand on Heart and SASSY to make a big impact to children, their families and carers across Warrington and Runcorn.
Starting in London, covering just over 300 miles, this 4 day route takes us through some glorious undulating countryside on route to the ferry from Dover to Calais. Once ‘French side’, we cycle along quiet country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of Northern France. Get ready for a fantastic ride – the tarmac in France is superb, and cycling is the nation’s favourite sport, so don’t be surprised if the locals cheer you on!
Whether you are a regular cyclist or simply a novice, as long as you are willing to train, then this event is perfect for you as Chapeau Events cater for all levels of ability.
The pièce de résistance is ultimately the spectacular view of the 324 metre Eiffel Tower, marking the rides overwhelming finish and certainly evoking a huge sense of achievement, not to mention those unforgettable memories. The days in the saddle are long but upon reaching Paris and celebrating our achievements in this fabulous capital, the saddle soreness soon wears off!
Day 1 – London to Calais
Approximate cycling distance 138km (86 miles)
Your challenge begins, after registration, with an early start from our hotel, as you head out through the outskirts of London on to the quieter roads and the stunning villages, taking in the striking countryside of rural Kent. It’s a long cycling day through some tree lined lanes but upon reaching the port of Dover and the famous white cliffs you will feel great with what you have achieved.
We then board the ferry to Calais where you will relax and have something to eat. Once disembarked, we have a short ride to our hotel, your base for the evening for some well-earned rest!
Day 2 – Calais to Arras
Approximate cycling distance 135km (84 miles)
After a hearty breakfast we head out of Calais remembering to ride on the right hand side of the road!
As we take on the smooth, relatively flat, roads we next come across a few undulations as we pedal our way through the stunning French countryside and rolling landscapes of Northern France. After a delicious lunch we take on a few more undulations finishing with a beautiful gentle decent into the splendid medieval town of Arras, famous for its two striking squares, made by many houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. This is where we find our hotel for the evening.
Day 3 – Arras to Compiegne
Approximate cycling distance 126km (78 miles)
Our route this morning heads south through the region of the Somme, which is perhaps most famous for its battles but the name is also a Celtic word meaning tranquility…totally summing up the feeling of the day as we cycle through this superb place. You will see the battlefields of WW1, many war memorials and cemeteries as we cycle along the tree lined country lanes and stunning meadows, before reaching our next hotel stop in Compiegne. Since 1968, this town has been the starting place of the “Paris-Roubaix”, the, most famous cycling race in France, after the Tour de France.
Day 4 – Compiegne to Paris
Approximate cycling distance 105km (65 miles)
We leave the hotel on our final day of cycling, riding through the exquisite forest that surrounds Compiegne. It was here that the 1918 Armistice was signed and still resides in a small museum.
We continue on our way riding through quiet quaint villages before reaching the outskirts of Paris where we will start to spot familiar sights and infamous landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. As we cycle through the sometimes crowded Parisian streets, with car horns sounding our arrival, we pedal up the Champs Elysees and on to our grand finish at the Eiffel Tower…a truly fitting end to a challenging journey!
Day 5 – Departure Day
After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to continue with your onward arrangements, whether homeward bound or enjoying the romantic delights that Paris has to offer.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
To find out more, come to our LAUNCH EVENT
On: Sunday 8th October 2016
At: 12 Midday
In: Lewis Carroll Suite, Orford Jubilee, Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington WA2 8HE
Or simply call 0845 094 0373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org